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-called fiscal a cliff right now. the house and senate are striking a deal oh avoid massive tax hikes and spending cuts. derek ward is live with more on what's happening today. >> the end is near. that's the end of the year, of course. what about the path that ends at the end of the fiscal cliff. senators should be back at it. the house reconvened this morning. such new year's eve appearances are on the hill. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and joe biden kept in place to avoid $200 billion in tax increases. broad stroke spending cuts and domestic and defense spending. they would take effect gradually over a period beginning at midnight if the white house and congress can't reconcile their differences. it appeared to have been movement on the cost of living increases for social security recipients. opposition to the white house's proposed rate of increase was dropped but the common ground is even shaky. the fierce disagreement over whether the bush era tax cut with the top income earners should be allowed to expire while middle income earners would see tax relief. the sticking p
on the fiscal cliff. senate leaders are working on a last ditch agreement. they hope to vote as soon as tomorrow. both houses will reconvene tomorrow. some republicans suggest racing taxes for those earning at least a million, the president and democrats want increases on making more than $250,000 a year. >> we can't afford a politiclyself inflicted wound to the economy. the economy is growing but keeping that way means the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president said congress must meet the new year's deadline and pass a balanced plan. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% won't even pay one third of the interest that's owed on this 16 trillon dollar debt. >> ouri senator gave the gop address saying the president's tax hike would only fund the government for eight days. >> here is what could happen if no deal is reached. out of work americans will loose their extended benefits, california would be hit the hardest, 400,000 will loose benefits and the bay area will certainly feel the sting, more than 22,000 people in alameda and contra costa coul
cliff. senate law makes smakers say th planning to work through the weekend to come to an agreement. all sides say they're getting closer to a deal. they're trying to avoid a tax hike on all americans as well as deep spending cuts, but the president said the american people are growing tired of what seems to be never ending gridlock and partisan bickering. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. the economy is growing, but sustaining that trend is going to require elected officials to do their jobs. >> right now the plan is to come to an agreement then send it to the senate for a vote. house would then take a vote, which could take place as late as january 2nd. the president will sit down for an exclusive one on one interview with "meet the press" moderator david gregory. they will discuss the fiscal cliff and other key issues. you can see it here tomorrow at 10:30. >>> we're a little more than 36 hours away from the biggest game of the season for the redskins. the burgundy and gold face off against t
house now have less than 24 hours to come up with a solution to the looming fiscal cliff. the senate will meet again later on this morning to continue their talks following a rare marathon meeting yesterday. on meet the press, president obama called on lawmakers to reach an agreement. if no deal is made, it would be the large of the tax hike since world war ii. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton remains in a new york city hospital this morning after doctors discovered a blood clot stemming from a concussion she had earlier this month. now, a spokesperson for clinton says she is being treated with medication and will most likely stay in the hospital for the next 48 hours. the clot was discovered yesterday during a follow-up appointment. >>> same-sex couples in maryland will be able to marry tomorrow on new year's day. state lawyers said because january 1st is a holiday and because there is a two-day wait period for licenses to take effect, they could not marry until january 4th. the state's attorney general now says all of the licenses will take effect tomorrow. >>> 2012 was anoth
staring down the fiscal cliff. t-minus nine hours and counting and washington is wasting no time. senate minority leader mcconnell saying both sides are close to a deal. it's about time. >> my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement, a bigger deal, a grand bargain. whatever you want to call it. that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way. with this congress, that was obviously a little bit too much to hope for at this time. it may be we can do it in stages. >> there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart but negotiations are continuing as i speak. but we really are running out of time. >> the vice president and i have worked together on solutions before and i believe we can again. >> no holiday for the best political team around. a triple threat, luke russert and mike viqueira on the capitol hill and kristen welker from the white house. are you happy to be working on the holiday? >> it's fantastic. >> absolutely. >> sounded believable. viq, let's start with you. we have news trickling out to
deadline is looming and senate leaders are trying to avert so the- called fiscal cliff. president obama says there is still time to reach an agreement, but he chastised lawmakers for waiting until the last minute. >> we're now at the point where in just a couple of days, the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will get a lot smaller. that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. >> divided government is a good time to solve hard problems. in the next few days, leaders in washington have an important responsibility to work together to do just that. >> congressional leaders could present legislation to senators as early as tomorrow with a vote possible on sunday or monday. >>> coming up on 9 news -- ♪ [music] ♪ a local music legend dies. we'll have a look back at the career of mike aldredge. >>> welcome back, everybody. local blue grass music legend mike aldredch has died of cancer. he would have been 74 tomorrow. ♪ [music] ♪ he was a founding member of the group "the seldom seen." he also toured with performers like lyle lovet
to reach a fiscal cliff deal. the senate and house are expected to reconvene tomorrow. we're six days away from possible across the board tax increases and spending cuts. >>> former president george h.w. bush is still in a houston hospital. his wife, barbara, and other relatives at his side. the 88-year-old has been in the hospital for more than a month with a lingering cough and recently had a low grade fever. doctors remain cautiously optimistic about a full recovery. >>> a claim of facebook privacy breach within the zuckerberg family. his sister says a family photo was reposted by another person on twitter. randy zuckerberg called the woman out. the woman apologized said it was public because it was in her facebook newsfeed. >>> in china the longest high speed railway opens, connects beijing with guangzhou, 1,500 in eight hours, but tickets start at $138, and they're a little pricey for some people and many travelers say it's cheaper and faster to fly. >>> a report just out this morning shows home prices up in october, the biggest annual gain in more than two years. alison kosik joins u
to avoid the fiscal cliff. all eyes were on the senate today where negotiators were trading revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can agree with. the baseline for the president and the bipartisan deal would have to extend unemployment benefits that would affect 2 million americans and it would have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. the negotiators will still have to work out where exactly the tax increases would hit and whether they would stop the increase of the estate tax. the president has asked democratic leader harry reid to prepare a separate bill to put on the senate floor that would increase taxes for households that earn a quarter million dollars or more, and respect -- expect republicans would block that proposal. but rather than take it back as a stopgap measure, think of it as a political move to try to shift the responsibility of failure on to republi watches the hour of reckoning. >> as the deadline approaches, our coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations continue on television and on-line at wjla.com. >> some people in the area are still clean
can avoid the fiscal cliff if the president and the democrat-controlled senate step forward and work with republicans to solve this problem and solve it now. >> reporter: all over the country right now, uncertainty is in the air. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill but is it going to deplete my savings. >> even if the impact isn't real, the perceived impact could cause a dropoff in sales. >> reporter: gets a deal is up to the top democrat and top republican. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> whatever we come up with will be imperfect. that's where we are. >> reporter: harry reid and mitch mcconnell say they are confident they can find a compromise but they have to sell it to house speaker john boehner and his fellow republicans before monday night's deadline. brian mooar, nbc washington. >> and david gregory will have an interview with president obama on "meet the press." that's tomorrow morning at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >>> you
the democratic controlled senate to lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. congress people from both parties are searching for a bipartisan solution. that is the leadership that america needs, not what we saw from the president this morning ." those of the comments from speaker boehner. the house has gaveled out. we expect them back in about two hours. let's go to newbury port. caller: thank you for c-span. i do not understand where this $250,000 number comes from. i am 70 and have never been asked to make a sacrifice by any congress. it just seems to me that if the average income in most states -- to ask people making $125,000 or more, to ask them to contribute more, that seems to be a no- brainer. i do not see why people in this country are not ready to make a compromise. let's face it, we will either all have to pay slightly more taxes and accept the fact that our benefits are going to have to be lower than they really are -- i am in that bracket of $125,000 to $250,000. i am very comfortable, i could contribute more to the deficit, i just want to make sure that that money goes to
optimistic. >> hopefully, they will figure it out next year. we have options if we go over the fiscal cliff. >> mitch mcconnell and senate democrats hit a stalemate on the weekend and he met twice today with the vice-president. >> i am willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> the deal is tenuous and needs to get through a republican- controlled house as a countdown of a different kind chris closer, that is set to trigger a broad tax increases and drastic cuts. our top priority has to be to make sure taxes on middle-class families don't go up. that would hurt our economy badly. >> this afternoon it appears we are very close to a deal. if not, an average american family will start the new year with a $3,400 tax hike. here's hoping there's a reason to raise your glass in a post tonight and a sigh of relief. john gonzalez, abc 7 news. >> you can get the latest on efforts to reach a fiscal cliff steel throughout the day. wjla.com. we will have full coverage at 5:00. happening right now, developing news out of new york. secretary of state hillary clinton is in the hospital this a
. we told you about that. so we will move on to the fiscal cliff. the house and senate on christmas break. the president vacationing in hawaii and you are looking at a pretty hefty tax hike if they don't come to an agreement. law makers have one week to come up with a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. some republicans now say the president wants the country to go over the cliff. last week president -- last week's speaker of the house john boehner failed to get the plan b passed but he failed to even bring to a vote. and if his own party that kept it from happening. so as the bickering continues over who is to blame the president and speaker left town after making the parting pitches. >> the work towards a package that prevanes tax hike on mid -- prevents a tax hike on middle class americans protect unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would be redink as far as the eye could see and it would hurt jobs. >> president obama says that he will cut his hol
on capitol hill, senators are hard at work trying to avoid taking the country off ha fiscal cliff. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell arrived earlier today at the capital for talks. yesterday he and other leaders met the white house with the president and vice president aiming to avoid tax hikes and may vote on a deal as early as sunday. >>> police now have a woman in custody in connection with the death of a man pushed in front of a new york city subway train on thursday. detectives arrested a woman who they said said things that implicated hadder in the death sun and doe sen. this is the sketch of that suspect. >>> in india, the young woman gang raped on a new delhi bus is dead. doctors say she died peacefully at the hospital where she was being treated. employees plan to add murder charges against the six suspects already in custody and arrested on rape. the charges will be filed next thursday. angry protesters have been demanding justice and more protection for women and police expect more demonstrations in the days to come. >>> a large crowd cheers the first couple to get married
of the impact of the fiscal cliff. >> and i know also you will be talking with senator feinstein about her plan. she says day one she is going to submit legislation to renew the assault weapons ban. >> that's exactly right, january 3rd, thursday of the new congress she says she is going to introduce legislation to -- a ban on the high capacity magazine clips that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition at a time. she is a big supporter of gun control, lindsey graham, a card carrying member of the national rifle association, he supports wayne lapierre's proposal to put armed guards in schools. >> thanks for your time this morning. i know a lot going on on capitol hill today. normally a quiet day but lots going on today. >> you bet. and one more thing, go skins. >> absolutely. we can't forget that. >> can't forget that. >> thanks so much, chris. >> you bet. >> and you can catch fox's sunday at 9:00 a.m. right after our show. >>> as lawmakers here in washington work to avoid the fiscal cliff, some people having a little bit of fun with the looming deadline. check out this electric road sign in port
-called fiscal cliff. it's come down to a matter of hours. midnight tomorrow, everybody's taxes going up unless something happens in washington, d.c. hello to you all and welcome to weekends with alex witt. i'm t.j. holmes filling in for alex. a consequence of history in the nation's capital if congress cannot reach a compromise deal on tax and spending cuts. a short time ago, we were hearing from the president talking about the fiscal cliff negotiations. he spoke exclusively on "meet the press" and he had a message for congress. >> at minimum, make sure people's taxes don't go up and 2 million people don't lose their unemployment. i was modestly hopeful yesterday. now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president responded to what would happen if no agreement is reached and the nation does fall over that cliff. >> if you look at projections of 2013, people generally felt that the economy would continue to grow, unemployment would tick down, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. if people start seeing that on januar
pass a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, but is that optimism justified even if the senate can can come together and craft a deal? a very big if at this point and what are the chances that house speaker john boehner can get members of his congress to go along with the deal. joining me now perry bacon and lynn sweet. i want to start with you because i read something that you wrote an article recently in which you said basically that the rumors of the tea party's demise have been greatly exaggerated noting their key role in refusing to go along with john boehner's tax plan to raise taxes on those making more than $1 million a year. the fiscal cliff debate has illustrated then during influence of the tea party and the power of the conservative party. boehner can't guarantee that his members won't face primary challenges from the right so there's little surprise they won't follow his lead. >> mcconnell's not going agree to something that all other republicans are opposed to because he's a republican, too, and he has to worry about a primary, potentially, as well. the core of this i
the fiscal cliff. senator bob corker also spoke to reporters. >> good morning. i am lamar alexander. this is my colleague bob corker. merry christmas to you three points to make and then i would like to introduce cementer corker. here is the first point. when the dust settles and everything is said and done, federal individual income taxes are not going to go up on almost all americans next year. that needs to be settled this weekend by the votes and after the first of the year, so that's the most important point for americans to know. for almost all americans when the dust settles taxes, individual income taxes won't be going up next year. all the talk is about taxes but what we should talk about today is the medicare fiscal clef, the looming bankruptcy in the program that seniors depend upon to pay the medical bills for the millions of americans who are counting the days until they are eligible for medicare so they can afford the medicare bill, it would be a tragedy if when they get to that day there isn't enough money to pay the bills but according to the medicare trustees that d
intractable debate and that's the fiscal cliff. congress has left town and there's no deal here. senator schumer, the president is now proposing a smaller deal. are we going to avoid the fiscal cliff by the first of the year or not? >> i hope so. if you look at the final positions last monday of both the president and speaker boehner, they were this close, they were this close to a solution. the president was about $200 billion higher on revenues, speaker boehner $200 billion higher on spending cuts. out of a $4 trillion budget, that doesn't seem insurmountable. so i hope they would keep talking. my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this -- you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both and he has put himself with plan b in sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right guys to go along with him. if he were to say and the president were to say we're going to pass a bill with a majority of democrats and majority of democrats in the house and senate we could get a mainstream bill. i know he's worried about his speakership but w
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in cuts. any hope of going over the fiscal cliff must start in the senate. not one democrat would support the idea that we could protect 99% of americans from a tax increase. boehner's plan b i thought made as soon as. to my republican kcolleagues, te the ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want, that's a good day. i lime simpson-bowles. the president is going to get tax rate hikes. to my republican colleagues, if we can protect 99% of the public from a tax hike that, is not a tax increase in my book. chuck, maybe you and me and some other people in the senate can find a way to find this on the short term but on the long term there's not going to be a deal any time soon. >> you think we're going to go over the cliff? >> i think we're going to fall out of the fiscal tree. the big chance at the big deal is at the debt ceiling. that's when we'll have leverage to turn the country around, prevent from becoming greece and save social security and medicare. to anybody listening, i will raise the debt ceiling orchl if we save medicare and social security from insolvency and prevent
on that not necessarily the talking place. and type is almost up for lawmakers to avert this fiscal cliff. the senate trying to make that a reality and they worked, we hear, throughout the weekend in hopes of hammering out a plan b or a plan c. >> juliet: peter doocy was knocking on people's doors and answering, saying what's going on? were they working through the night? >> reporter: we were told before a lot of the senators went home that their staffs were going to stick around and work all night long, but a senate aide with knowledge of the talks told us last night about 12 hours ago there was no progress, no major progress towards a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. we know that about eight hours from now right at three o'clock here in d.c., senator mitch mcconnell and senator harry reid, the principal negotiators from the senate are going to is sit with senators from their parties down and tell them the numbers they've agreed should be in the deal and if those meetings go well, they might be able to vote tomorrow in the senate, tomorrow afternoon. the house of representatives though would then nee
>> tonight, at the bring. senate leaders try to craft a compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. wyatt andrews is on capitol hill. what happens if there's no deal? john bentley has the fallout at the airport. >> they're putting a bunch of huge and ugly potholes on a road that was supposedly going to get us to economic recovery. >> the northeast gets walloped by another winter storm. and in the west, wet weather rewrites the forecast in california. and meet the burrito boys, ben tracey introduces us to 17 -- seven teams who embody the spirit of the zone. >> they have nothing and we ask for so much, and they ask for so little. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> good evening. jim axelrod is off tonight. i'm rebecca jarvis. with just two days left, senate leaders are still struggling to put together a last minute bp deal ahead of monday's midnight deadline for the fiscal cliff. failure could kick the country back into a recession. wyatt andrews is on capitol hill. >> reporter: today the halls of the senate were almost empty, as proposals got traded in private an
for a solution for the fiscal cliff are being put on the back burner until after christmas. >> i apologize about my voice. this may be divine intervention because we didn't deal with the fiscal cliff. >> a senator from idaho is apologizing for his dui arrest. police stopped republican mike crapo in alexandria, virginia. >> after 80 years in print, "newsweek" magazine has its last issue on stands today. it will continue its digital format. >> if you haven't finished your holiday shopping, don't worry. millions of americans are expected to hit the store today. >> i have just started. >> i looked at the research footage and looked at your face quite a bit. you don't look a day over than you did 32 years ago. >> wide open with the catch. what a shot. seahawks win it, seattle is in the playoffs. >> and all that matters. >> norad will be tracking santa claus as he makes his way around the world delivering gifts to girls and boys tonight. >> on "cbs this morning." >> from kabul, afghanistan, happy holidays! "cbs this "cbs this morning." >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." i'm jeff
. >> the house and senate back to work for a rare sunday session trying to figure out the fiscal cliff negotiations. a lot of talk, very few solutions so far. >> our membership is frustrated as the american people we're sworn to serve. >> none. votes that we'll be casting today have anything to do with these deadlines that we face in slightly more than 24 hours. we're here. we're ready. >> reporter: president obama sitting down for his first sunday morning talk show interview in over three years told nbc it is time to lawmakers to nail down a deal o. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> reporter: republicans and democrats going back and forth behind closed doors working through night trying to avoid some of the most painful tax hikes and spending cuts in our nation's history. >> there is still significant distance between the two sides but negotiations continue. >> reporter: a possible sign of progress came when vice president joe biden rushed back from delaware to the white house to work the phones and reach out to republican senator mitc
through with a fine tooth comb and pick through. senator sessions said the fiscal cliff is like three days away. we have to read it to sign off on it. >> that's the worst. no, this is not time. let's reform it and go about it with a squaple. meet axe hacks it across the board. either we are going off of the cliff or bad short-term deal that kicks the can down the road. we need to reform quick kick in the can. >> clayton: secretary panetta, set to take over him. white house looking at possible options and name that is bandied about is form are senator chuck hagel. critics slammed him of course and looks like the white house is trying to go in a different direction. others say give him a shake. go back to and see he is a fair-mind guy. >> i think he's the wrong pick at the wrong time. lack of support of israel and unwillingness to call the iran revolutionary guard a terrorist organization and he stepped back from action against iran and he was one of the biggest critics . one telling us that the surge couldn't work. that was always here from chuck hagel. that's not the kind of guy i want lea
. host: what will the house and senate be voting on today? will there be an agreement on the fiscal cliff or an alternative plan that would continue unemployment benefits and keep taxes at the bush era level? guest: i'm not sure that anybody knows. and that includes president obama, joe biden, senator reid, speaker boehner. there are not the many hours left until the new year. the players involved are all aware of that. that has not made enough of a difference to change the negotiations. we will know more as the house and senate members return to the hill this morning. then we will know if we're going over the fiscal cliff at midnight. host: edward-isaac dovere, thank you for being with us. guest: thank you. host: the senate action getting underway about 11:00 a.m. and we will have live coverage of what happens on each floor of the chamber as lawmakers will meet with reporters. this is from joseph ramirez. "the blame game continues" is the headline from "usa today." charles is joining us from texas. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i think we are in trouble either way.
time. on hand for today's fiscal cliff face-off, the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live from washington. you say logistically, a deal can happen. politically, open question. >> that's right. logistically, it's still possible. but it appears right now, the prospects for a deal are dimming. the senate is in yesterday, but not doing a whole lot on the fiscal cliff. still awaiting the proposal to come out from senate democrats and what we're seeing is the blame game. kind of in full swing. public posturing, ahead of the fiscal cliff. obviously in case we go over it. listen to senate majority leader harry reid, yesterday. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything that senate democrats put forward, just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watc
to the fiscal cliff. >> major garrett, thank you. senator is live on capitol hill. >> thanks for having me. >> if there's a deal today, why would you vote to extend tax cuts if there are no new spending cuts? >> that's the exact thing. the real problem is the spending. if you want to raise taxes -- and the president promised in the campaign he wanted to do that -- it's to pay down on the deficit. there's no evidence of any of that. that's a major sticking point. the democrats are divided on tax rates, on the death tax, on taxes on small business and the republicans are holding firm that you actually have to deal with the number one problem in our nation which is the spending our debt. >> senator, the senate is reconvening this morning. how close are we actually to some kind of a deal here? >> i'm hoping that we get an arrangement and an agreement because the american people deserve certainty. what we ought to do is put a bill on the senate floor and let people offer amendments and vote on them. we shouldn't be here waiting for people to cut deals on back rooms. the ame
, let's look at senator corker and alexander. they had a few things to say about the fiscal cliff. >> good morning. i am lamar alexander. this is my colleague. merry christmas to you. i have a few comments and then i will introduce senator corker. when the dust settles and everything is said and done individual income taxes are not going to go up for almost all americans next year. that will be settled this weekend or it will be settled after the first of the year. that is the most important point for americans to know. almost all americans when the dust -- that will be settled this weekend or will be settled after the first of the year. that is the most important point for americans to know. for almost all americans, individual taxes will not go up next year. all the talk is about taxes, but the talks should be about what we want to talk about today, the medicare fiscal cliff, the looming bankruptcy. there are millions of americans who are counting the days until they are eligible for medicare. it would be a tragedy if when they get to that day they become eligible there's not en
from the fiscal cliff. sources tell nbc news party leaders in the senate are drafting a small stop-gap plan. the question is whether minority leader mitch mcconnell and majority leader harry reid can draft a bill that will pass the house. any bill that does come up for a vote tomorrow or monday will likely not address massive spending cuts but lawmakers are trying to avoid tax increases for most americans. nbc's david gregory talked to president obama about negotiations today in an interview that airs on "meet the press" tomorrow. the president continues to be optimistic but he, i think, in part is doing the interview on "meet the press" because he wants to keep the pressure on republicans to get something done and made very clear in the course of the interview that there's a political cost to be paid if there is not a deal. you can see the full interview with the president from the white house tomorrow morning on "meet the press" at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >>> some good news for former president george h.w. bush tonight. he's out of intensive care. the 88-year-old's been in the
the so-called fiscal cliff in less than 48 hours. both the house and senate will be in session this sunday, and we could see a vote as early as today. nbc's brian moore has the story. >> as senate leaders were behind closed doors mapping out an escape from the fiscal cliff. >> the economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff, each side says the other is to blame. >> we can still avoid going over the fiscal if the president and the democratic controlled senate with work with republicans to solve the problem and solve it now. >> all over the country right now uncertainty is in the air. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill or not but a matter of if it's going to deplete by savings. >> it could cause us to have a drop off in sales. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect. some
big story this morning, avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president and lawmakers don't have a lot of time. there are only a few days until the deadline. >> president obama is hosting top leaders from the house and senate at the white house for more talks later this afternoon. fox5's sherri ly is live at the white house with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, tony, good morning, sarah. the tone here in washington hasn't changed much since before christmas, and now we have days to go before the deadline and the nation going over this fiscal cliff. the president is hoping that this afternoon's meeting at the white house with congressional democrat and republican leaders will help break the standoff. both sides continue to play the blame game here. senate majority leader reid attacked house leader boehner for blocking a vote while the gop led house isn't due back until sunday, a day before the deadline to avert the tax increases and spending cuts that could send the nation into recession again. the differences between the two sides, democrats want to raise money on everyone earnin
from plummeting off the fiscal cliff. >> if an agreement is not reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job, and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner was at the white house summit. so far, he's not made a statement about the measures discussed. we're hearing the president does did not float a new deal but reiterated his calls to extend tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 he also wants to extend unemployment benefits for 2 million people and delay $110 billion in sequester cuts and that is a story we'll follow all weekend long. back to you in the studio. >> and thank you very much. >>> essentially, we remain in a stalemate tonight and congress returned yesterday to the senate, the house will be back on monday and they have thr
: the deal under discussion in the senate right now doesn't even include the biggest part of the fiscal cliff, that 1.2 trillion dollars in mandatory budget cuts, spending cuts that are also due to kick in this tuesday. the thinking up here goes like this, let's handle the tax cuts now, and readvise the spending cuts later. >> thank you. in addition to the $500 billion in automatic tax hikes, as you just heard from wyatt, the fiscal cliff also includes 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts. congressional democrats and republicans agreed to these drastic cuts last year, to force both parties to the table on deficit reduction. if they can agree by monday at midnight, the following cut take effects. over the next nine years, the u.s. defense budget would be reduced by $455 billion. domestic programs would be slashed by 464 billion. 1,000 government programs face potential cuts, including three that directly impact air travel. john bentley has the story. >> reporter: long waits at airport security are nothing new. but if the u.s. government goes over the fiscal cliff, they could get even longer
fiscal cliff. two republican senators on the sunday talk shows yesterday say they agree with the president's position that both sides should avoid tax hikes on middle-class americans. also, nra executive said the group would not support any new gun laws in this country. good morning this monday, december 24, 2012. we will begin this morning with your thoughts on religion and politics. as a religion influence your political decisions? also send us your tweet if you go to twitter.com -- we will begin with the sunday review section of the "the new york times" yesterday. we want to get your take on this. it does religion influence your politics? with more people saying they are unaffiliated. we want to get your take. here are some comments from facebook this morning. what are your thoughts on this december 24, 2012. it does religion influence your politics? let me show you this from "the new york times" this morning. a new poll out worldwide religion shows up that one out of six follows no religion. that is worldwide. all religions outside the united states as well. the upi
>>> maybe eight days and counting before a fiscal cliff. will a shift too the senate save the day? then paradise lost. will president obama leave hawaii behind the day after christmas if a deal is in the works and the election hangover. new comments from one of mitt romney's sons that you might describe as puzzling. what do they really mean? and the gun battle rages on. new reports on why nothing may get done even after the sandy hook tragedy. >>> a massive tax hike and spending cuts -- republicans and democrats continue to point fingers in opposite directions, hinting that talks could go into the new year. >> are we going over the cliff? >> i believe we are, and i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff. >> we only have nine days left here. when are we going to get serious about actual solutions? i would welcome john to tell me. he says he wants a solution. give us one, john. >> meanwhile, president obama is spending christmas in hawaii where he and the first lady attended the holiday memorial servic
-called fiscal cliff with the new year's deadline looming in several days. the senate is due back in session tomorrow. they have several items on their docket. they have defense spending and perhaps fiscal cliff matters. the house is due in tomorrow as well. we do not have their schedule. both bodies of congress in over the weekend as well. here are the numbers to call for open phones. republicans, 202-585-3881. democrats, 202-585-3880. independents, 202-585-3882. "the richmond times dispatch" -- host: a lot more to tell you about in the papers today, including this piece about john kerry, the man who the president has nominated to become secretary of state. now the outgoing massachusetts senator. they go on in this piece in "usa today" -- harder choices loom. syria being a more intractable problem than libya. a tougher stance with china through the a share rebalancing . is now the time to me sure a firmer line does not lead to another war. writer a lot that the lays out in his piece. grace from alabama, good morning. caller: good morning. i have a question about benghazi. nobody has said an
control. two high-ranking senators saying over the weekend about the fiscal cliff more likely a deal won't be met in time. we'll get into that. >>> a piece of "the boston globe" over the weekend where mitt romney's elder son said his father was reluctant and didn'ten to run for president to begin with. >>> long before the duchess cambridge joined the royal family, queen elizabeth was setting the style trends. this morning her fashion secrets revealed but her official dresser. can't wait for that. >>> let's get started with that all-important forecast on this busy christmas eve morning. the weather channel's maria la rosa is in for al upstairs in the stat light center. good morning. >> we have a positive side. it's been a wind snowfall for ski he resorts across the west but travel is a nightmare. they're holding traffic in passes in the sierra nevada. it pushes to the east, and that's when we are concerned about severe weather. look at the future cast looking at the radar from midnight tonight. you see the heavy rainfall, damaging wind gusts and potentially tornadoes tomorrow morning from
. >>> president obama will host a fiscal cliff summit at the white house today. he has invited the top republican and democrat from the house and senate. they're just a few days left before a series of tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. many of which economists say could push the country into another recession. the senate got back to work thursday and the house will be called back in to work for a session on sunday. >>> a looming dock worker strike threatens to hurt the economy as well. longshoremen are locked in negotiations with shipping companies over the royalties paid to workers for each ton of cargo they move. a shutdown would impact 15 ports along the east coast and the gulf. and officials estimate it would cost $1 billion a day. >>> a new york city hospital evacuated during superstorm sandy reopened today. it's the first time since the storm hit that nearly all of the services at nyu's medical center are finally back up and running. the manhattan hospital had to clear out 300 patients after it lost generator power during the storm. since early november only some of its outpatients
accountable. you can get alerts sent straight to your phone about all our fiscal cliff notes by texting the cliff to 25543. >>> senator michael crapo of ied low has been arrested -- idaho has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. he was pulled over sunday morning for running a red light in virginia. he failed a field sobriety test. the senator issued a statement saying he was deeply sorry and would deal with whatever penalty comes his way. he's due in court january 4. >>> former president george h.w. bush may not be home in time for christmas. doctors at a houston hospital say the 41st president needs to build up his energy before he can be released. the 88-year-old bush was hospitalized november 23 for a bronchitis-related cough. >>> president obama was among the more than 1,000 people attending a memorial service for the late hawaii senator daniel inouye. the army veteran and war hero died of respiratory complications last monday. hawaii's governor and military leaders also attended. inouye was 88 years old. he was the second longest serving senator in u.s. histo
with the fiscal cliff and being a member of congress especially a respected member of the senate and what do you think is possible at this point on any type of a large scale deal. what do you see as the most likely scenario moving forward. >> i don't think it's a lack of urgency, but a great deal of concern that republican party failed to do anything. it seems that in the house, boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. i think the american people are very clear about what they want. what they want is to ask the wealthiest people in the country to pay their fair share of taxes. there was a poll out the other day, 70% of the american people think folks making over $250,000 a year should pay their fair share. they understand that one out of four corporations are paying nothing. the american people are very, very clear throughout this election and in polling as well. do not cut social security, medicare and medicaid. you have the situation with republicans saying hey, we don't think billionaires should pay a nickel more in taxes, but we think there should be cuts in programs impac
built a fiscal cliff soap box and went out and asked washingtonians to stand on it and sound off. now that we're within shouting distance of that cliff we thought it would be a good time to break out the soapbox once again so matt jablow packed it up and headed out to mcpherson square earlier today. >> reporter: what do you do for a living? >> i'm in the government. >> reporter: what do you make of this whole fiscal cliff mess? >> it seems like a against baby- sitting gig in a way. >> i'm really disappointed because, one, our lives are in other people's hands, and if you raise the taxes, how are we going to survive for 201 and on? >> i'm just, like i said, waiting to see what comes up and hope for the best. >> a lot of people don't know that we will automatically see a 2% did he address in our take- home tax. >> are you angry that we're even in this situation? >> not so much angry. just frustrated and, you know, just confused by it all, the lack of willingness to strike a deal should. what would you like lawmakers to give you regarding the fiscal cliff? >> compromise. i want them to c
. host: the house and senate are back in session today, but the fiscal cliff negotiations are not on the agenda. during this first segment, we want to hear from business owners only. about your views on the fiscal cliff and how it may affect you in 2013. you can see the numbers on the divided by zones -- time zones. you can also contact us via social media on twitter or facebook or by e-mail. before we get an update on the fiscal cliff, two articles to show you. this is from the houston chronicle. that's from the houston chronicle. if there are updates, we will get those throughout this morning's program. one other article and we want to show you -- according to one article, the nominee has flown back from hawaii with the president on air force one. most of the papers are filled with articles about the fiscal cliff issue. joining us now is merideth shiner of cq roll call. ms. shiner. guest: ms. shiner seem so formal. we're having a recession in between christmas and new year's. that has not happened since the 1970's. maybe we should play disco or maybe they should just fin
at 2:00 p.m. eastern. no legislative work is expected. we have an update on fiscal cliff negotiations this morning on "washington journal." guest: this is a recession between christmas and new year's. i do not know. maybe they should finish their work. you will see some push in the next few days to get a small deal done. viewers are fan of the process. anything that gets done needs to be done quickly before new year's to be signed into law. today is the 27. and so you have a few days left for lawmakers to make a deal. the president's should land at some point. there is a 5 hour time difference. they have to figure out something. it seems likely will go over the cliff. it has been looking like that before the holiday, but certainly now, particularly if you remember for congress broke for the christmas break, speaker raynor was not able to get the backup plan through his caucus, so there was no pressure on democrats to try to counter that immediately. senate democrats saying we passed a bill that raises tax rates on incomes over $250,000, we ran on this and this is what we are offering.
stand by for an update coming from the white house on the fiscal cliff from president obama in 20 minutes, we're getting word that senate leaders have offered last-minute bipartisan talks in an effort to reach a deal. we expected her an update on that about 20 minutes. >> the nation is remembering the life of an american hero, retired general norman schwarzkopf has died. he is best known as one of>> tonight scott thuman looks back at his life. >> in 1990, norman schwarzkopf was a little-known u.s. army general looking towards retirement. the west point graduate and decorated officer for his service in vietnam he spent his entire career in the army. when a rack's dictator saddam hussein invaded neighboring kuwait "stormin' norman" became a household name. as the leader of the u.s.-led international coalition that quickly drove iraqi forces out of kuwait, schwarzkopf achieved rock star status. he returned from the persian gulf in national hero and was awarded the medal of freedom. >> he was a leader, and motivator. he got a lot of things done. he was an extremely compassionate man.
for the holiday. lawmakers try to strike a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. congress and the president on holiday break. some senators are expressing concern that a deal won't be met. if that happens households between 50 and 75,000 will see their taxes increase nearly $2400. households between half a million and a million would see an increase of $39,000. >>> as americans hit the road for holiday travel they'll be paying less at the gas pump. according to aaa, the national average is about $3.25 for a gallon of regular. that's down from a month ago >>> one item has made a big impact this holiday season. shoes are a top seller. the npd says the shoes are the most popular gift this season. experts say the trend makes sense because americans tend to give more practical gifts during economic downturns. send it back to you. >> erica ferrari. >> all right, erica. thanks. >> last check. >> santa is over the great wall of that. >> that's good timing. >> a billion and 100 million gifts already delivered. >> a billion -- i hope that's oneless for me. >> have you been good? >> i think i did pretty good. th
negotiating the fiscal cliff deal. the work they're still trying to get done. the first call comes from lee in florida. caller: i tried to call in yesterday, but everybody was concerned about this matter. let me give you a website that i have been e-mail in over 400 people. it is the website -- you go to search "cause of war." this is the biggest cover up by all of the politicians of their in washington, d.c., including both bushes and of mr. obama. host: and what does this have to do with the senate negotiating a fiscal of deal? caller: let me tell you something. if you go to the website listed on the left and upper side, united states -- each tax coming out of each state is going towards the or. -- war. i believe all of these politicians, mayors, governors should take a half cut pay to pay down the deficit. host: we are going to move on to darwin on the line for independents. caller: it is like the pentelikon, back in 1968 i was even fighting with the pentagon over budgets. you always had to have everything kept the same. nobody was going to change anything because next year there were go
be reached by the deadline, a sign that there's a very real possibility we're going off the fiscal cliff. at the white house ed henry, fox news. >>> to the edge in virginia now, a spokesperson for idaho republican senator michael crapo says he will not fight his dui charges. senator crapo got pulled over saturday in alexandria. police say he ran a red light. the senator reportedly registered a blood alcohol level of .11. the legal limit in virginia is .08. sources say the senator consulted an attorney. he is due in court january 4th. >>> the edge on d.c. tonight where a bank robbery suspect was spotted on a metro surveillance camera. want you to take a look at the man walking in the foreground of this video. the fbi believes he robbed the suntrust bank on h street northwest on wednesday. if you recognize him, you're asked to call police. >>> they're some of the largest gun shows on the east coast and this afternoon hundreds of people waited online to get into the nation's gun show at the dulles expo center in chantilly. remember today marks the two week mark since the shooting tragedy in
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